Lead-safe certification class set for Nov. 20 in Baton Rouge

Richard Bogren  |  11/12/2018 7:13:29 PM

(11/12/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — As part of its healthy homes educational outreach, the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a Lead-Safe Certified Renovator training course on Nov. 20.

All contractors who work on pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities are required by the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule to be certified and use lead-safe work practices.

Certification of an individual is good for five years, said LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel. A firm must have at least one certified individual to become a certified firm and listed on the EPA website. Non-compliance with RRP puts a contractor at risk of substantial EPA penalties and liability in the event of lead poisoning.

“Of course, the most important reason to use lead-safe work practices is to protect children and workers from the serious health hazards of lead,” Reichel said.

Upon completion of the one-day class, attendees may take the RRP certification exam on the same day. LaHouse Resource Center is an approved trainer through EnviroEd, a nationwide EPA-accredited RRP training provider.The class also qualifies for CEUs for Louisiana residential contractors.

Course registration includes the course book, hands-on activities and exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive official EPA certificates from EnviroEd.

Registration, course fees and further information about the class, the RRP rule and additional requirements for firms to be certified are available at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse. For additional questions, email lahouse@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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